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SCOTUS Upholds Prayer at Government Meetings

SCOTUS Upholds Prayer at Government Meetings

The U.S. Supreme Court re-opens the door for League City and other local governments to pray at their meetings.

The high court ruled 5-4 in favor of a small western New York town by rejecting the argument that prayers violate separation of church and state.

League City faced a similar challenge, and Mayor Tim Paulissen hopes this latest ruling means city officials are back on solid ground.

“If we are, then I'm going to make a motion to repeal our re-drafted policy that basically has the prayer done before the meeting is even gaveled,” Paulissen tells KTRH News.

Like many of these challenges, Paulissen says it was an outside group who complained.  Specifically, it was the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

“We certainly did not have anybody within our corporate city limits that had issue with this,” he says.

Monday's ruling was consistent with a 1983 decision in which the court upheld an opening prayer in the Nebraska legislature.

“I think this issue of legislative prayer, prayer before city councils, county government, schools boards, I think that issue is over,” says Hiram Sasser with the Liberty Institute.

“We've won, they can pray in a way they've been praying for the past 200 years and nobody can heard to complain about it,” he says.

 

 

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